Bortoluzzi Isonzo del Friuli Chardonnay 2002
Giovanni Bortoluzzi, born in 1944, started as a roving oenological consultant and bottler, and was very soon dubbed wine ambassador in his region for talent and expertise.
True enough, his 30 years experience, numerous oenological awards and operation of the area's mobile bottling plant have endowed him with an intimate, detailed knowledge of the Collio and Isonzo del Friuli appelations that very few can match.
Since 1981, Giovanni is proprietor and wine maker of the Bortoluzzi estate: 100 acres, 25 of which ideally placed vineyards on gravelly, mineral enriched deposit of the diverted Isonzo River.
The abundant minerals in the soil make for the grapes' rich components and extract, and for the wines' richness in fruity/floral nuances and varietal character.
The vines are sheltered by mountains from the raw northern winds, thereby allowing grapes to mature gently in the mild autumn sun.
Pruning is extensive, for low crop yield of 100% varietal wines. Production is 20,000 cases yearly, with only free-sun juice vinified. Giovanni's talent is more than evident in this superb range, striking for finesse and polish.